Morning Mail: Sydney’s ‘soft lockdown’ bet, fierce fires in the United States, hidden Australian fashion workforce

Morning Mail: Sydney’s ‘soft lockdown’ bet, fierce fires in the United States, hidden Australian fashion workforce

gHello. There are calls for tighter restrictions on stranded Sydney residents, with predictions that could last for some time yet. Find all the latest Covid news here in your morning mail, plus old-fashioned but good knights stories, and a new graphic novel to clear your mind.

NSW Covid restrictions will last for months as part of a ‘soft lockdown’ approach that relies on people doing the right thing without clear guidelines, says a senior epidemiologist. Professor Tony Blakely says the state needs to tighten its definition of essential workers and prioritize vaccinating these people if it is to contain the Delta variant outbreak in weeks rather than months. “With the current measures, the number of cases will continue to bubble and NSW will be in a gradual lockdown until the vaccine count is high enough to upset the balance, but that could take months,” Blakely said.

Gladys Berejiklian says she hopes to make an announcement today or tomorrow regarding the restrictions. Meanwhile, the joint Commonwealth and State Government package unveiled on Tuesday – which will cost more than $ 500 million a week during the Sydney lockdown – has sparked a new dispute between the federal and Victorian governments, the latter accusing Scott Morrison of a “double standard” which favored his home state.

Firefighters in the United States are battling fires from Arizona to Washington state that burn with disturbing ferocity, while authorities say California is already on the verge of surpassing last year’s record-breaking fire season. Experts warn the region is caught in a vicious cycle of extreme heat, drought and fire, all amplified by the climate crisis. Death Valley in California recorded what could prove to be the highest temperature reliably recorded on Earth – 54.4 ° C. Scorching temperatures in Arizona have led to an increase in the number of deaths of migrants arriving from Mexico to the United States.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has appointed Katherine Vidgen, founding chairman of a major oil and gas producer at the Australian Clean Energy Regulatory Authority. Anticipating criticism over appointing someone with experience investing in oil and gas projects to the body designed to help cut Australia’s emissions, Taylor pointed to Vidgen’s credentials in banking. investment and his experience overseeing “investments in conventional and new energy”, with a focus on “helping traditional industries to decarbonize their operations”.


Australia has launched an all-out lobbying offensive against a Unesco recommendation to place the Great Barrier Reef on the list of World Heritage in Danger. Photographie : Brett Monroe Garner/Getty Images

Ambassadors from over a dozen countries will fly to the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkeling trip Thursday as part of the Morrison government’s lobbying campaign to keep the reef off the list of World Heritage in Danger.

Family of aboriginal who died in NSW prison express ‘utter shock’ was made worse by Covid’s restrictions which prevented them from visiting him in person for 18 months before his sudden death.

The story of the origin of Covid-19’s “Wuhan Laboratory Leak Theory” quickly spread around the world. This has been widely discussed but widely rejected, and Australia has played a role in the feedback loop promoting the theory, which has now taken on new life.

Two St George Illawarra NRL players who broke Covid rules by attending an illegal barbecue said they understood what they were doing was wrong but I didn’t think it would be such a big deal.

The world

Rudy Giuliani told the furious Trump, “You have to go and declare victory now,” according to the book by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post. Photographie : Nathan Posner/Rex/Shutterstock

A drunken Rudy Giuliani repeatedly urged Donald Trump to “just say we won” on election night last November, from a new book.

At least 140 Cubans, including activists, protesters and journalists, have reportedly been detained or reportedly missing in the aftermath of Cuba’s biggest protests in decades.

More than 70 people have died and 1,300 have been arrested in South Africa as the unrest sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma escalated.

England could be forced to play without spectators after UEFA opened an investigation into the chaotic and violent scenes at Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

Recommended reading

A woman sewing
Emma Do and Kim Lam have published a graphic novel about the hidden workforce of the Australian fashion industry. Photograph: Huizeng Hu / Getty Images

Thanks to the pandemic, many of us now know both the benefits and the dangers of working from home. It’s an old hat in the clothing industry: for decades, The Australian fashion industry has relied on the work of homeworkers sewing in their living rooms, kitchens and sheds. This hidden workforce is mainly made up of new migrants who pick up orders by word of mouth. Fashion writer Emma Do has teamed up with illustrator Kim Lam to create Working From Home, or may ở nhà, a non-fictional graphic narrative book exploring the stories of Vietnamese workers past and present.

“My three year old son continues to attack his little brother. How can I stop it? “ Barbe mate examines why children are violent in Sharing the Load, a column on parenting children of all ages. “As deeply held as our beliefs about violence and the perpetrator-victim dichotomy are, they are of no use to us as parents for one obvious reason,” he writes. “We are not dealing with adults. We are not dealing with people who can reason or whom we can hold accountable for their actions. We are dealing with a three year old who is – no matter how smart he is – quite stupid, morally speaking. And that means we need a different way of framing the knocking kid and our response to him. “

George A Romero’s sprawling and overlooked 1981 film Knightriders has an outrageous setup but never hits, writes Nick Buckley. “It shows how communities on the fringes of society, such as artists and performers, are often at the forefront of creating a better and more equitable future; and are a refuge for people for whom the world as a whole has failed to make room. The troop’s town crier, Pippin, is strange but does not camp; his mechanic Angie may be a fat monkey, but isn’t painted as a tomboy; and his hyper-masculine heroes are often sensitive or imperfect.


A few years ago, scientists noticed something strange about the endangered Australian songbird, the regent honeyeater – they imitated other birds and were unable to sing their own song. Environmental journalist Graham Readfearn and Dr Joy Tripovich explain how this bird lost its song and whether teaching it to sing again could help save it from extinction.

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Gaetan Barlot and Anthony Jelonch of France hug each other as France celebrate their Rugby Union Test match victory against the Wallabies in Melbourne
Gaetan Barlot and Anthony Jelonch of France hug each other as France celebrate their victory in the Rugby Union Test match against the Wallabies in Melbourne. Photography: Scott Barbour / AAP

France beat Australia 28-26 in a game filled with drama. The Wallabies led by one point with three minutes on the clock, but the Blues got a scrum penalty in midfield, allowing Melvyn Jaminet to place the winner directly in front of the posts.

Ash Barty made a lifelong impression with no pretense, agenda or demagoguerywrites Mel Jones, who first met the Wimbledon winner when she took a break from tennis to play cricket.

A host of records are poised to fall into NSW’s fold as the team seek to establish an era of home state domination. Tonight’s third game on the Gold Coast offers Brad Fittler’s Blues a chance to rewrite the history books.

Media overview

Australia’s energy market operator will set an ambitious target for the electricity grid to run 100% renewable energy by 2025, reports the Age, ahead of new CEO Daniel Westerman’s first public address. Concerns have been expressed over public confidence in Queensland’s Covid tracking app after police gained access to its data after an officer allegedly stole a gun and taser, despite government promises that it would only be used for contact tracing, according to the Brisbane weather. the NT News say there are growing calls for Bradley Murdoch to reveal the whereabouts of Peter Falconio’s body, 20 years after his murder.

To come up

Australia’s largest mining companies will face a federal parliamentary inquiry into job security.

NSW and Queensland will play the final home state game this year.

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